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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Apple Inc." <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 20:22:05 +0200
Subject: Winning details

Apple Inc.
PO Box 251
Watford WD18 9BR

Registration details

Registered office: Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts WD18 9RN
Registered in England and Wales No. 2822203


This program is organized by Apple Company, endorsed by the European
Promo guild in conjunction with NGO organizations in Switzerland.

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded draws
of Apple Inc Promo program, Apple Promo draw was conducted on-line by
an automated random computer ballot Search from the Internet. No
tickets were sold. This draw is conducted to mark Apple 30th years of

Apple 30th Anniversary Promo was conducted from an exclusive list of
e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies. The selection
process was carried out through random selection in our computerized
email selection machine from a database of over 2,500,000 email
addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. Emails were
provided by the entire register domain.

This result is now released to you. And your email address attached in
the A Category. All email addresses were selected through a computer
ballot system in which your email address was selected as one of the
lucky winners, your lucky number is: (01) (04) (28) (26) (27) (49)
(21). And bonus ball number (29), which consequently emerged you as
the only winner in the United Kingdom Booklet.

You been approved for a lump prize off of £1,400,000 (One Million,
Four Hundred Thousand British pounds) in cash credited to File

To begin your claim, you are required to send the necessary
information to our London help line below: Name---- Country----
Address--- Occupation--- Lucky number--- bonus ball number---

Apple Inc Promo
Information and Payment Bureau:
London Representative Office.
Help Service Contact
Tel: +44-703-596-0866
Tel: +44-702-408-5616
Tel: +44-703-597-0143
Fax: +44-844-774-2197


Selina Dulge
Promotions Manager
Apple Promo Board

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